Canon Legends and Immutable Image to create NFTs from Iconic Photos

“The Legends Mint” NFT Collection Brings Iconic Photographs to a New Generation and Creates a Parallel Revenue Stream to Traditional Gallery Print Sales for Photographers

Several members of Canon U.S.A. Canon Legends program have partnered with Immutable Image to create NFTs from a limited collection of their photographs and publish them as a collective.

“The Legends Mint” will drop on June 30, 2022, using the Solana blockchain on OpenSea.

Canon Legends is a program created by Canon to honour and preserve the legacy and leadership of some of the most accomplished photographers of our time and former members of its renowned Explorers of Light program.

“Canon understands that advancements in technology can translate to new platforms for sharing iconic works, which is what the world of NFTs is doing for photography,” explains Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.’s Imaging Technologies & Communications Group.

“Canon wanted to help some of its Legends explore this medium and needed to find an organization familiar with blockchain technology and who, at their core, had an appreciation for photography and the arts.

When Immutable Image approached us with their mission and impressive credentials in this space, we knew they were the right partner for these photographers.”

Legends participating in this first-of-its-kind Canon Legends NFT collection include Sam Abell, Barbara Bordnick, Gregory Heisler, Ryszard Horowitz, Walter Iooss, Jr., Melvin Sokolsky, and Joyce Tenneson.

Participating Canon Legends
Participating Canon Legends

The Legends Mint

“Minting,” in the world of NFTs, is a term used for publishing tokens (in this case, photographs) on the blockchain to make them available for others to purchase.

Immutable Image is curating “The Legends Mint” collection of seven legendary photographers whose works focus on sports, fashion, fine art, portraiture, travel, still life, and pre-digital special effects photography.

Each photographer is offering exceptional photographs to “The Legends Mint,” with a total supply of editions to be announced. There will be exclusive 1/1 NFTs available from each participating photographer along with multiple edition NFTs.

All participating purchasers of this Mint will receive a randomly selected, unique NFT photograph from “The Legends Mint.”

Purchases will not include copyright or commercial rights to the image itself. Instead, it will present a unique and limited edition NFT, much like the purchase of a traditional, limited-edition print from a gallery or directly from the artist.

The rarity and variance of what purchasers receive will be in the edition size of the image, the artist, and the imagery itself.

“I have to admit that the notion of selling my work in limited editions or as one-of-a-kind art on a digital platform that offered no tangible hard-copy print was a bit foreign to me, but equally intriguing,” explained Canon Legend Ryszard Horowitz, who is widely recognized as a pioneer of special effects photography predating digital imaging. 

“I’ve always been attracted to new ways of creating and sharing my work, so I thought this was an interesting opportunity to explore. I’m also honoured and thrilled to be collaborating with these other legendary photographers, most of whom I’ve known my entire career and I’m grateful to Canon for bringing us together.”

In addition to creating a truly fair and affordable way to collect iconic photography, NFTs are generating a completely new channel for photographers to generate revenue.

“We are honoured and very excited to be working with some of the most renowned names in the history of photography and look forward to introducing some of their iconic photos to a new visual platform and a new generation of collectors,” said Bjorn Iooss, co-founder of Immutable Image and veteran professional photographer.

“Our mission is to support both the photographic and NFT communities by building a new and diverse group of collectors for this culturally vital visual art form and introducing the work of these seven legendary photographers is an incredible start.”